FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:The United Mine Workers of America launched a challenge to a Peabody Energy Corp. effort that would free up millions in funds for retention payments to 42 “key employees,” calling the effort “inappropriate and unfair.”The objection challenges the company’s request to set aside at least $2.74 million for payments with the approval to increase that amount to $3.24 million with minimal notice.In early June, Peabody stated that the 42 employees provide “vital services” necessary for day-to-day operations and noted that in exit interviews employees have been saying they were seeking higher levels of job security than the coal industry currently offers. The employees include those working in finance, operations, legal, sales, marketing, human resources and information technology.The UMWA questioned the plan, asserting that the company’s “uncertain financial prospects” made such a request unreasonable.Further, the UMWA challenged the selected employees, arguing that the plan is “discriminatory” and should not include company “officers” as they are Peabody insiders.Full article: UMWA challenges Peabody retention plan, calling effort ‘inappropriate and unfair’ Mine Union Cites Discrimination in Objection to Peabody’s Push to Give Bankruptcy Bonuses to 42 Office Employees
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Andrew Bogut is expected to join the Warriors sometime on their four-game trip next week, league sources told Bay Area News Group.“I didn’t forsee this happening, but I’m excited as hell,” Draymond Green said Wednesday.Bogut and the Warriors are finalizing a one-year contract after he received a letter of clearance from Australia and the NBA, league sources …
The People’s Bus includes flooring thatresembles a football pitch, seats coveredwith Bafana Bafana football jerseys andstriking South African artwork inside andout. MAN Truck and Bus workers celebrate thelaunch of the People’s Bus. The People’s Bus roadshow team will getSouth Africa in the mood for 2010.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zandile SkosanaIndigo Marketing+27 11 809 5599RELATED ARTICLES• Beetle mania grips World Cup• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe Nicky RehbockWorld Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda.The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.Photo essay: The People’s BusAn interactive journeyAt each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments.The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour.Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tourBrand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.“Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister.The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus.
Burglars broke into the Corporation Bank at Mayur Vihar-I in the early hours of Saturday in quite a novel way – they used a gascutter to first rip open the shutter and then slash the lock of the grill door.Luckily, they could not lay their hands on cash or other valuables.The incident came to light in the morning when the residents of Samachar Apartments were informed by the locals that the bank, located at the shopping centre near the apartment building, had been broken into.”A gascutter was used to break open the shutter as well as the lock. The burglars also tried to open the almirah containing cash, but were unable to do so. We have been told by the bank officials that nothing is missing from the spot,” a senior police officer said.He added: “We recovered the gas cylinder that was used to cut the lock. It looks like the cylinder stopped functioning after the robbers entered the bank, that’s why they failed to open the almirah and steal anything.” Investigating officials said there were quite a few CCTV cameras inside the bank but all, except one, were found switched off.The one CCTV captured only the blurred images of a few persons entering the bank, according to sources.A probe team reached the spot and collected fingerprints after the police were informed of the incident around 7.30 am.”We are questioning a security guard deployed at an ATM booth near the bank on whether he had seen suspicious elements nearby at night. The probe is on and we will interrogate local criminals as well,” the police officer said.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
WINNIPEG – A Canadian non-profit legal organization is intervening on behalf of a “Star Trek” fan fighting to use a personalized licence plate deemed offensive by Manitoba Public Insurance.Nick Troller’s licence plate with the text “ASIMIL8” was confiscated by MPI in April after the Crown corporation received complaints from two Indigenous people about its reference to the word “assimilate.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says MPI’s decision violates Troller’s freedom of expression.The organization’s founder, John Carpay, tells CTV News that whenever there’s a conflict between the right to express oneself and the right not to be offended, “government ought to come down on the side of free expression.”The justice centre says it will be filing paperwork to bring the case to court after the MPI refused their request to return Troller’s licence plate.Troller says his licence plate refers to the catchphrase “you will be assimilated” that is used on “Star Trek Next Generation” by the villainous aliens called the Borg.The plate had been held within a licence frame that also bore the quotes: “We are the Borg,” and “Resistance is Futile.”According to MPI’s policy, licence plates can’t contain words, phrases or innuendoes that “may be considered offensive” as the plates are the property of the Crown.Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, has said the word “assimilate” is too offensive to be on a licence plate as Indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated throughout Canada’s history.Troller’s case has drawn comparisons to another legal battle over a personalized licence plate in Nova Scotia.Lorne Grabher had his plate with the text “GRABHER,” his last name, revoked after it was deemed offensive to women. The case attracted international headlines and is headed to court early next year thanks to the help of the justice centre.(CTV Winnipeg)